Holiday Helpers: Easy Recipes to Make Before and After Thanksgiving

Instead of reaching for takeout before and after your Thanksgiving feast, try these easy dishes. You can use up leftovers, raid the pantry, and cook while you’re asleep! 

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Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Bean Quesadillas

Biz Jones

Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Bean Quesadillas

You need just 1 cup of sweet potatoes for this simple quesadilla dinner, and they can be cubed and roasted, baked whole, or steamed and then mashed smooth. Even candied ones work!

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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Rice Pudding

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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Throw this in the slow cooker Wednesday night, and you’ll wake up on Thanksgiving morning with breakfast ready and waiting. Top with some Greek yogurt and nuts to keep those bellies full until dinnertime. 

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Lemony Turkey-Corn Soup

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Lemony Turkey-Corn Soup

This is the perfect one-pot supper to make when you’re running low on energy to cook. Use up leftovers such as shredded turkey, corn, potatoes, and herbs. 

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Cran-Raspberry Fruit Leather

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Cran-Raspberry Fruit Leather

Making fruit leather is incredibly simple—and it’s a yummy way to use up any extra cranberry sauce! 

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